This itinerary is suitable for everybody and great for families. It gives you the opportunity to wend your way among vineyards, cherry orchards and olive groves, skirting the foothills of the Giant of Provence. Take time to look at the small, medieval or romanesque chapels, built with stone from the nearby quarries. There is a lot of history to explore in this area of Mont Ventoux. This itinerary is highly recommended in the springtime, when the cherry trees are in blossom. Autumn is also very beautiful for the vineyards turn flaming red and gold in the fall.
Distance = 10 km (6 miles)
Landscape = The Ventoux piedmont
Level = Family ride
Parking = In the centre of Malaucene, opposite the Tourism Office
Do not miss:
Malaucène : the old village, the fontains and the remarkable washtub, the spring at Notre-Dame du Groseau, the Portail Saint-Jean, the Romanesque chapel of Notre-Dame du Groseau.
Around Beaumont-du-Ventoux : Les Valettes, its fountains and washtub, the Romanesque chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, the chapels Sainte-Marguerite and Sainte Sidoine above Les Alazards hamlet.
Things to do:
Market day in Malaucène : on Wednesday
Ascent of Mont Ventoux (on Friday night in July and August). With a guide, by the light of moon, you will observe the giant of Provence! The exceptional colours of the rising or setting sun on the Comtat Plain and Dentelles de Montmirail will leave you with some unforgettable memories.
On the way
The ride starts in the village of Malaucène, once the summer residence of Pope Clément V in the 14th century. The ride winds along the base of the Giant of Provence, in an area where the terraced fields and religious architecture take you back in time.
On the outskirts of Malaucene, a small road will lead you to orchards and vineyards. You will see the St Roch chapel dedicated to the saint who protected the Comtat from the plague. Opposite you will observe zaffre cliffs with strange shapes. Before going back to Malaucene, stop in Beaumont-du-Ventoux and admire the chapel of the Holy Sepulchre built in the XII. century.
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